If you find yourself googling for “brewery near me” or “ best brewery Melbourne” you can stop looking because I have put together the ultimate list of family friendly breweries across Melbourne.
We are spoiled for choice when it comes to craft breweries and fantastic brewpubs, but if you’re looking to visit a Melbourne brewery with family, you’ll want to make sure it is a kid-friendly venue.
We’ve done all the research for you. Think kids menus, playgrounds, open spaces, outdoor areas and even a few venues happy for you to visit with your furry friends.
Best Melbourne Breweries – Table of contents
Best Brewery Melbourne – CBD
1. Urban Alley Brewery, Docklands
Here is a Melbourne brewery you don’t even need to leave the CBD to visit. Enjoy an extensive menu of pub style classics with a dedicated kids menu while you enjoy a beer that was brewed in house. Take your pick as to whether to sit out under the covered terrace or inside while you watch your beer being brewed.
Impressively, Urban Alley was the first in Australia to use biodegradable six pack rings made from spent grain which is not only a great alternative to plastic, but also edible to marine life, which is even better news for our oceans and environment. Urban Alley are proud to be doing their part to create a sustainable future.
Urban Alley Brewery, G09 / 12 Star Circus, Docklands, +61 3 8080 9800, firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Brewery Melbourne – North
2. Stomping Ground Brewing Co., Collingwood
Melbourne’s inner north has fast become the epicentre of Melbourne breweries. There are plenty to choose from but could Stomping Ground possibly be the best brewery Melbourne has to offer? If you are looking for a family friendly brewery then the answer might just be yes!
Taking inspiration from the great beer halls of Europe, this brewery and beer hall in Collingwood is located inside a massive converted warehouse where people can socialise, eat and drink.
It has a sheltered beer garden, cubby house and giant thirty tap bar and Stomping Ground proudly claims that it has quickly become the welcoming community hub they dreamt it to be. Additionally, it has won the title of ‘Best Brewpub in Australia’ four years in a row by Beer & Brewer Magazine.
3. Bodriggy Brewpub, Abbotsford
If your family loves a taco night then this might be the Melbourne brewery for you! With cute retro style booths and a delicious Mexican inspired menu full of tortillas, tostadas and tacos this is a locally-minded business and they make all the beer with their inner North community in mind.
Bodriggy Brewpub is located in Abbotsford and houses a brewery, brewpub, cocktail bar and recently a Froff Shop (bottle shop) and front bar. They also collaborate with the local arts and music scene as much as possible, sponsoring events, gigs and exhibitions in and around the area.
Bodriggy Brewpub, 245 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, +61 3 94172293, email@example.com
4. Thunder Road Brewhouse, Brunswick
*currently not open to the public for renovations but will reopen soon*
Brewing great Aussie craft beer since 2009, Thunder Road Brewery takes the art of Australian craft beer to the next level and everyone is welcome.
With a Happy Hour every Friday between 4pm to 6pm and a large, sunny courtyard out the front which is home to a vintage airstream caravan serving mouth-watering, beer friendly food, this is definitely a place you can bring the kids, sit with your mates and enjoy some rocking tunes all while sampling a beer tasting paddle.
Thunder Road Brewhouse, 130 Barkly Street Brunswick, +61 3 9385 5325, firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Tallboy & Moose, Preston
Tallboy & Moose proudly declare that they are constantly pumping out fresh new beers to go into tinnies or to be poured cold at their awesome brewpub in Preston.
They have food by Wee Man’s Kitchen who serve “modern Scottish” pub feed at the brewery.
Some classic crowd pleasers include chicken parmas, chips, mac and cheese and a dedicated kids menu. They also have some toys and books to keep the kids busy. It is easy to get to, located in the middle of Preston Junction.
Tallboy & Moose, 270 Raglan St, Preston, +61 3 9484 7803, email@example.com
6. Co-Conspirators Brewing Co, Brunswick
This Melbourne brewery was formed by two couples with one common goal (or one conspiracy as they claim) and that is to make great beer. Co-conspirators Brewing Co are an independent brewing company that started their journey partnering with great brewers across Melbourne to grow and learn from the craft beer family. They have a strong affinity and belief in their local community and they want to conspire with others to make great beer.
Because beer and food always go well together they have collaborated with the team at nearby Small Axe Kitchen and Deli to provide you with a selection of delicious snacks served in Co-Conspirators industrial, warehouse-style venue.
7. Molly Rose Brewing Co, Collingwood
If you’re joining the fun of the Collingwood Beer Trail (a free guided tour of Collingwood breweries), you’ll find yourself stopping in at Molly Rose Brewing Co. All are welcome and there is no need to book. Spend a Saturday in the laneway out the back, out the front or inside and order food from their neighbours while you drink their beers. Dogs, children and even parrots are welcome!
Their bar and cellar is where you’ll find Molly Rose staff crafting delicious beers from Monday to Wednesday and then from Thursday to Sunday they roll open all the doors to welcome any and everyone for a delicious beer, bite to eat and a chin wag.
8. Moon Dog World Brewery, Preston
With a dog-friendly beer garden, kid friendly menu, playground, indoor lagoon, tiki bar and elevated sun decks, Moon Dog World is fun and huge!
You can book online or simply turn up and wander in. Kids need to be under constant supervision but are very welcome at this amazing venue.
9. Future Mountain Taproom, Reservoir
Future Mountain is a farmhouse inspired taproom where you can relax with a beer and a meal, take a look through the window into their open fermentation room and have a peek at their mixed-cultures bubbling away in the Culture Club.
The Future Mountain taproom is a truly immersive brewery experience. Field Kitchen is currently hosting the all braisin', all smokin', all barbecuin' ‘Roadhouse Barbecue' with Veggie and Vegan options as well as a kids menu available.
Future Mountain Brewery, 703-707 Plenty Road, Reservoir, +61 3 9078 6745, firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Brewery Melbourne – South
10. Colonial Brewing Co, Port Melbourne
Born in Margaret River, Colonial Brewing Co opened their Melbourne brewery in Port Melbourne in a big warehouse style space. There you’ll find yourself surrounded by stainless steel brewing tanks and under market style umbrellas.
Colonial Brewing Co’s menu is inspired by beer culture and includes family friendly options like handmade pizza and mouth-watering burgers. They are open on Thursdays through to Sundays and often have live music or the footy on.
Colonial Brewing Co, 89 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne, +61 3 8644 4044, email@example.com
11. Stomping Ground Brewing Co., Moorabbin
Having already established itself with a fantastic reputation in Collingwood, Stomping Ground has recently opened a new brewery and beer hall in Moorabbin. Located in an incredible factory conversion at the former Phillip Morris cigarette factory, now known as Morris Moor.
It has both indoor and outdoor spaces including a huge beer garden and sun deck, viewing windows to watch the brewers in action, a kids cubby house, a 120 person function room, over twenty five rotating craft beer taps and a state of the art kitchen with a wood fire pizza oven. It is the epitome of a family friendly venue (as well as being dog friendly).
Stomping Ground Brewing Co, Morris Moor, 9 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin +61 3 8560 3116, firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Wolf of the Willows Brewery, Mordialloc
Did someone say half priced kids meals on a Sunday?
Established in 2014, Wolf of the Willows is a proudly independent brewing company located in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Mordialloc. They have a passion for producing hand crafted, modern ales that are distinct in quality and flavour, from easy drinking pales to barrel aged beauties. They also have a kid friendly menu at their resident food truck at the ‘Taproom’.
13. Bad Shepherd Brewing Co., Cheltenham
With an American Barbeque inspired menu and approachable styles of beer with a unique twist, Bad Shepherd Brewing Co in Cheltenham is a popular spot for families.
They’ve got a kids menu, juices and plenty of games to keep little ones entertained as well as high chairs and a baby change station.
Bad Shepherd Brewing Co, 386 Reserve Road, Cheltenham, email@example.com
14. Dainton Beer Taphouse, Carrum Downs
With plenty of seating, a huge dog-friendly beer garden with kids’ play area and mezzanine function area overlooking the brewhouse, this is the perfect venue for a casual drink and a bite to eat in a family friendly environment.
Dainton Beer Taphouse has a bar menu with plenty of kid friendly options. Meals are served Wednesday to Sunday, with bookings available for small groups or functions.
Dainton Beer Taphouse, 560 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs, +61 3 9775 0334, firstname.lastname@example.org
15. Bojak Brewery, Dandenong
Bojak Brewery is passionate about serving the locals in their area carefully crafted beers and delicious food to match! They make sure that their beer food features locally produced ingredients, because for them “it’s the small, finer details that count.”
16. Boatrocker Brewery, Braeside
Boatrocker is a small, family owned and run brewery and distillery in Melbourne's southeast that sets out to challenge the status quo of beers and spirits.
What sets this Melbourne brewery apart from the others is their love for celebrating tradition while pushing the boundaries, which is why they are able to find new and exciting flavours but never stray from their quality-driven values.
Boatrocker Brewery, 34 MacBeth St, Braeside, +61 438 394 972, email@example.com
17. Braeside Brewing Co, Mordialloc
Nestled on the bay, in Melbourne’s South East is Braeside Brewing Co – an independent family owned brewery and eatery that provides families a relaxed and comfortable family-friendly space to share a beverage and bite.
In addition to serving deliciously refreshing beers, the brewery also offers a selection of fresh stone-fired pizzas, locally produced spirits, wines and much more!
Braeside Brewing Co 43 Governor Rd, Moridalloc, +61 435 985 423, firstname.lastname@example.org
18. KAIJU! Beer, Huntingdale
Converted from an old warehouse, KAIJU! Beer is a fun brewery close to the Huntingdale station. The interior design features walls with hand-painted murals, mid-century décor, cosy nooks, communal seating, and a dog-friendly outdoor seated area.
Beer lovers will definitely enjoy their 16 beer taps which include all the KAIJU! favourites, along with a couple of limited releases from their on-site 600-litre brew kit. And, to top it off, each of their fantastic beers goes well with the brewery's pizza menu which covers everything from your classic slice to an experimental Cheeseburger pizza.
KAIJU! Beer, 27 Hume Street, Huntingdale, +61 3 9706 5924, email@example.com
Best Brewery Melbourne – East
19. Burnley Brewing, Richmond
For a wide variety of beers using traditional German brewing methods, check out Burnley Brewing where they’ve got a head brewer who’s mastered traditional German brewing methods, known as Ausbildung als Brauer und Mälzer.
On top of always brewing new and exciting beers, families visiting with hungry kids will also get to enjoy a delicious menu featuring dishes such as pizzas, burgers, steaks and snacks!
20. The Public Brewery, Croydon
The Public Brewery in Croydon is located in a former feed and grain warehouse from the 1900’s and they’ve transformed it into a stunning commercial micro-brewery!
The Public Brewery offers guests a boutique bottle shop, brewery and dining hall which opens out to a gorgeous paved beer garden. The expansive menu includes plenty of kid-friendly meals ensuring that everyone in the family will be satisfied when they grab a bite at this awesome brewery!
21. Hop Hen Brewing, Lilydale
Independent and family-owned Hop Hen Brewing is a proud and passionate brewery with a fantastic team and hard-working team that creates outstanding hand-crafted beer.
The small brewery also offers pizzas to enjoy alongside your genuine handcrafted beer. There are two sizes the 9inch and the 12 inches as well as vegan and gluten-free options for those with dietary requirements.
Best Brewery Melbourne – West
22. Two Birds Brewing, Spotswood
Two Birds Brewing is Australia’s first female-founded brewing company and an award-winning brewery you can find in Spotswood – one of Melbourne’s inner-western suburbs. They’re best known for developing sophisticated, approachable beers that can be enjoyed with mates at a backyard BBQ or on the dinner table with your favourite meal.
For those visiting with family, the brewery offers lots of kid-friendly options on the menu meaning you won’t have to worry about what the kids are going to eat when you stop by for a visit!
Two Birds Brewing, 136 Hall St, Spotswood, +61 3 9762 0000, firstname.lastname@example.org